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Korčok meets with Bartholomäus Kalb, Chair of the Slovak-German Parliamentary Group

Korčok meets with Bartholomäus Kalb, Chair of the Slovak-German Parliamentary Group

12.10.2017 | Aktivity štátnych tajomníkov

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs SR, Ivan Korčok, received a German delegation led by Deputy of the German Federal Assembly, Bartholomäus Kalb, in the premises of the SR diplomacy department today (12 October).
 
In the introduction of the meeting Korčok highlighted the many years of service of Kalb in the position as the Chair of the Slovak-German Parliamentary Group and his personal contribution to the development and promotion of mutual relations between the two countries. “We do not take it for granted and we both know that upon the foundation of the independent Slovak Republic various voices could be heard, while not all of them forecasted favourable and progressive development of our independent state,” noted the state secretary. Kalb underscored the toughness of Slovakia’s transformation process and highly appreciated its successful accomplishments in the economic area as well as in the area of its integration with international groupings.
 
The MFEA SR state secretary discussed the results of the Bundestag (Federal Assembly) elections that were held on 24 September with his German guests. As Korčok noted, the fact that the German Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will stay in her office for another term is good news for Slovakia just as for the EU. He also expressed his conviction that the high standard of bilateral relations will continue between Slovakia and Germany, as one of Slovakia’s strategically most important political and economic partners.
 
In the discussion concerning the course of political negotiations for formation of a new government coalition as well as the next shaping of German’s European policies, Kalb reiterated the country’s assumed pro-European trend following the formation of a new coalition. He concurrently pointed out that it is necessary to form a coalition and a government by the end of the calendar year and to focus on fundamental topics of future European integration also within the context of the vision of the French President Emmanuel Macron. The partners acknowledged that the EU is now facing numerous challenges and it is necessary to adopt reasonable measures for the sake of maintaining the stability and prosperity of the entire Union.